Cambridge place for Magnus

16 January 2019

Magnus Linn has received an offer from Queens' College, Cambridge to read Music.  Competition for places at Oxbridge is fiercer than ever, with roughly five applicants per place nationally and all typically having straight A*/A profiles.

Magnus joined Sutton Valence in the Lower Sixth as a Music Scholar and has made his mark on the School, including composing a carol for the Chapel choir to sing at the Christmas carol services.  Magnus commented, "Cambridge has been a goal for a while, not just for the quality of education but also the content of the course.  I have loved music ever since I started playing piano and I am thrilled to be able to pursue it further."

Sutton Valence offers a bespoke service for its Oxbridge candidates.  Any pupil who expresses an interest in Oxford or Cambridge is paired with a subject specialist for regular extra tutorial support. In Magnus’s case, this included extra tuition with both the Music Department and Mr Grindlay, who himself read Music at Cambridge.  We also send pupils on external courses to help them through the interview process and offer mock interviews with members of staff.

In the summer of 2018, the Sutton Valence BlueSoc was formed.  This is a discussion group of Upper Sixth Form Scholars who meet over coffee and croissants during Saturday morning break.  Discussions are led by the pupils who all bring something from their own reading and research to the table.  Each session starts with a pupil giving a short talk, after which we open up the floor for an (often heated) debate.  So far, the topics we have discussed have included Game Theory, Liberation Theology, the relationship between art and science, the neuroscience behind pain and pain perception, and how historical context changes the way we listen to music.  BlueSoc meetings are not centred exclusively round Oxbridge preparation, as it is not the right path for everyone.  Instead, they help pupils who are aiming for all the top universities to feel confident communicating and to think outside the box.

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